If the voting ended today, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving would a starter in 2014 NBA All-Star game.
The Cavaliers third-year guard is second in backcourt voting behind Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat with 365,712 votes. Wade currently has 396,279 votes. These voteseeare the first return on this year’s All-Star voting and were released by the NBA.
Wade’s Heat teammate LeBron James leads all eligible players with 609,336 votes. Joining Irving, Wade and James in the starting lineup as of now would be Indiana’s Paul George (who has received 489,335 votes) New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (who has received 424,211 votes).
As it stands, I don’t think Irving should the East’s starter at point guard. He’s been playing largely inconsistent basketball sans a few big games. Ahead of Irving right now has to be John Wall of the Washington Wizards. He is not only playing the best basketball of his career, but has shown huge improvement on both ends of the floor. He also matches up well with or ahead of Irving in several statistical categories.
Also: Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers should be a no brainer starter in the front court. He has been Indiana’s defense backbone.
In the West, the starters would be Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (607,407 votes), Houston’s Dwight Howard (295,120 votes), Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin (292,925 votes), Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant (501, 215 votes) and Clippers point guard Chris Paul (393,313 votes).
All I have to say here is this: Kobe as a starter? Come on now.
Fans can vote lifeline at nba.com/asb and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also vote in arenas or, if you are customer of Sprint mobile. on the NBA Game Time iOS and Android applications.
The starters for both conferences will be announced live on TNT on January 23rd. Voting ends on January 20th. The actually All-Star game takes place on February 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana.